Respiratory care practitioners are responsible for the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients of all ages with deficiencies or abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.
The Respiratory Care program is designed to be completed in six (6) semesters on a full-time basis.
The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The Respiratory Care program adheres to a competitive selection process for entry to limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required and an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 is necessary for continuance in the program and graduation.
Assessment and treatment of the critically ill patient to include airway emergencies, physiology and improvement of oxygenation/ventilation, lung mechanics, positive airway pressure therapies, ventilator classification and management, weaning from mechanical ventilation and neonatal/pediatric mechanical ventilation. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.